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Fly Fishing the Little Manistee River in Michigan

Little Manistee River summary

Little Manistee River is a fly fishing location in Michigan. This destination has an elevation of approximately 831 feet. Please view the pinpointed location for Little Manistee River on the Google Map to the right. If you'd like directions to this destination, please click here for directions (provided via Google Maps).
               

Little Manistee River reports

Ray Schmidt (schmidt) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing:

Little Manistee
The little Manistee is a great trout, steelhead and salmon stream. King Salmon have arrived in fair numbers. Salmon have scattered thru-out the system. The DNR Weir is in! Check out the Michigan DNR's web site for information about the weir.
Hatches of caddis and blue winged olives are happening right now. Streamer fishing is very good.
(08/24/10)
Ray Schmidt (schmidt) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Little Manistee
The little Manistee is a great  trout, steelhead and salmon stream. King Salmon have arrived in fair numbers. Most all of the fish are in the lower river and in pools.  Check out the Michigan DNR's web site for information about the weir.
Hatches of caddis and blue winged olives are happening right now. Streamer fishing is very good.
(08/05/10)
John Idema (bludom98) reported - 3 - Fair fly fishing: Tried to catch the last part of the hex hatch this year on the Little M. Usually it hits the upper reaches of the Little M later but this year it was apparently best a couple weeks ago (mid-late June). Fished with my brother Phil Idema and we raised 5 decent browns around 10:30 pm on the weekend before the 4th. Fished a couple familiar holes (Mann's and at that deep bend up from Cedar Bend and directly below that A-frame cottage). Had three really nice rises over a 10-minute period but lost them all because of the tight quarters. When I'd set the hook, the fly was like only a few feet from me & downstream. Phil landed a 16" brown and missed a second one where the Mann's dock used to be. (07/13/10)
Baldwin Creek Lodge Captain Mike Batcke (mike@baldwincreek) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: The Mayfly fishing is getting started (05/22/08)
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Little Manistee River descriptions

Andy Idema (aidema) wrote - Starting a few miles east of the town of Luther the Little Manistee takes a northwesterly track for approximately 40 miles to where it spills into Lake Michigan. The river is known for being one of the best steelhead rivers in Michigan as well as an outstanding resident trout fishery. (06/07/08)
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Little Manistee River businesses

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Shop Guide Service Lodge School (Classes) Travel Rods Manufacturer
Pere Marquette River Lodge
8841 S. M-37
Baldwin, Michigan
Michigan Fly Fishing Ventures
5388 E. Heathwood SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Guide Service Niederstadt Outfitters
Manistee, MI
Manistee, Michigan
Hawkins Outfitters
17660 E. Oviatt Rd
Lake Ann, Michigan
Michigan Fly Fishing Ventures
5388 E. Heathwood SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Guide Service Pere Marquette River Lodge
8841 S. M-37
Baldwin, Michigan
Indigo Guide Service
PO Box 93
Walhalla, Michigan
Other Pere Marquette River Lodge
8841 S. M-37
Baldwin, Michigan
Other Schmidt Outfitters
918 Seaman Rd.
Wellston, Michigan
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Andy Idema (aidema)
I love this river. This is where I learned to fly fish and we have a small cabin on the river near Irons. I was up there last weekend and saw several large steelies. (1/19/13)
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Andy Idema (aidema)
Sorry to have to report this but the hex hatch is done. We fished the Little M and the Pine this past weekend and saw only a handful of hex bugs and no large browns or rainbows were taken on hex flys. A cold front moved in last Wednesday and dropped any action that was in motion. I think there may be a few more bugs that will come off in the upper stretches of the Little M (above 18 Mile Bridge) if the temps can climb before this weekend. Otherwise it's entirely over.   |  Reply
Andy Idema (aidema)
Note: The Little Manistee weir is closed. Trouting is the order of the day. Caddis is always a best bet for this river. Streamer fishing has produced some great fish so far. This is a great river that produces many great trout over the coming months.The Kings have arrived in good numbers. Be prepared to hike from pool to pool to find them. Remember all trout in the Little Manistee are wild and should be returned to the wild!   |  Reply

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Irons, Michigan 1 miles away
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